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Criticism of ‘The Rebel Empress’, Sissi returns to the cinema

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Marie Kreutzer turns Vicky Krieps into Elizabeth of Austria, that is, into the mythical Empress Sissi, who was brought to life by Romy Schneider in the 50s.

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    The princess is not sad, she is fed up. And she knows exactly what she has and what she lacks. Another thing is that she can or wants to get it. Or that she cares. Austrian Marie Kreutzer writes and directs this free recounting of a year in the life of Empress Elisabeth – the Sissi she immortalized in the 1950s as romantic, tragic and sappy icon Romy Schneider. perverting the clichés of the biopic to use to build the portrait of a woman on fire: more than a rebel as the hackneyed translated title suggests, a lady fighting against the corsets to which the original refers. The (high) society does press, until drowning.

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    Supported by a huge Vicky Krieps and a careful staging that collects anachronisms and formal references – from Kubrick’s ‘Barry Lyndon’ to Wes Anderson’s conception of space, going through, only in the obvious, Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ –, ‘The Rebel Empress’ is a passionate and irreverent tapea story that undresses and dresses the genre in a new, showy and necessary outfit.

    For revolutionary spectators who want to break with the corsets of the biopic

    The best: Vicky Krieps, all nuances.

    The worst: that their dramatic breaks with reality mislead.


    Address: Marie Kreutzer Distribution: Vicky Krieps, Colin Morgan, Florian Teichtmeister, Finnegan Oldfield Country: Austria Year: 2022 Release date: 2–12-2022 Gender: Drama Script: Marie Kreutzer Duration: 112 min.

    Synopsis: At Christmas 1877, Elizabeth of Austria (Sissi) celebrates her 40th birthday. First lady of Austria, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, she has no right to express herself and she must stay beautiful and young forever in the role of empress of hers. To meet these expectations, she adopts a strict regimen of fasting, exercise, hairstyling, and daily measurement of her waist.

    Source: Fotogramas

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